Fighter pilot
In 1940 he entered the Chuguev Military Pilot School. After graduating from college, he was left in it for six months as an instructor. In December of the same year…

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Callsign "Maestro"
Vitaly Ivanovich Popkov, the future Maestro and future Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, went to the front in early May 1942 after several reports. From the very beginning, the…

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Meeting with Zhukov. “We shoot few scoundrels!”
Meeting with Zhukov. “We shoot few scoundrels!” It was with Stalingrad and Marshal Zhukov that one of the most unpleasant and humiliating memories of the pilot Popkov about the war…

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Gulaev, Nikolai Dmitrievich
Born on February 26, 1918 in the village of Aksaiskaya (now the city of Aksai, Rostov Region) in a working class family. Russian. He graduated from the 7th grade of…

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Great Patriotic War

Air Marshal Twice Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolai Mikhailovich Skomorokhov

End of 1944. There is a fierce battle in the sky over Budapest. In mortal combat – two planes. Senior Lieutenant Nikolai Skomorokhov got a serious opponent. The forces are almost equal. But the Russian pilot was stronger. He shot down the Messerschmitt. If not for the case, N. Skomorokhov would never have known who the German ace he shot down was.

Two weeks later, in a series of others – another fight, just as stubborn and hard. Similar handwriting: instant reaction, iron endurance, jewelry skill. But in this battle, Nikolai Skomorokhov emerged victorious. Continue reading

Evstigneev Kirill Alekseevich

After a severe wound in the legs in July 1943. escaped from the hospital and in September 1943. returned to his 240 IAP who fought in the Kremenchug region over the Dnieper crossings. The first time I got to the plane on crutches. In October 1943 shot down 13 enemy planes over the Dnieper crossings Fighter pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1944, 1945), Major General of Aviation (1966). He served as an instructor at the Biysk aviation school. Member of the Great Patriotic War since March 1943. Continue reading

Better than Kozhedub, cooler than Hartman
Better than Kozhedub, cooler than Hartman The names of the Soviet aces of the Great Patriotic War Ivan Kozhedub and Alexander Pokryshkin are known to everyone who is at least…

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The Great Patriotic War
The Great Patriotic War caught P.Ya. Golovachev near Iasi. He flew to attack the enemy troops on the I-16. On the second day of the war, he shot down his…

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